New Liner Measures Pressure on Prosthetic Limbs for Optimal Fit

automatic-fitted-prosthetic-sleeveFor amputees, the development of functional prosthetic limbs has increased significantly in the past decade. Many prosthetic limbs have qualities that make them just as good or better than organic limbs. However, one difficulty that still faces doctors and amputees alike is finding the perfect-fitting prosthetic limb. Researchers at the University of Southampton are working to develop an electric socket to fit over an amputee’s stump which gauges how much pressure and force the patient puts on their prosthetic limb. From the data collected, doctors will then be able to develop prosthetic limbs which are more individually tailored to each patient. By having prosthetics that fit close to perfectly, patient quality of life is improved and health care costs are lowered as patients do not need to make repeat doctor visits in order to have their prosthetics adjusted.

(Source: medGadget)

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